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    Look Forward to Smelling the Roses

    Look Forward to Smelling the Roses
    One morning, a credit card in hand (and Handel’s “Halleluiah Chorus” playing in my mind), I gleefully clicked the ”Submit” button for my Common Application. After I paid the application fees and filled out the school transcript forms, I was finished with the whole process. The thing I was wondering about ever since I was six had reached its completion. As ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Dr. Kat’s List: Top five schools to get a great academic and athletic experience

    Dr. Kat’s List: Top five schools to get a great academic and athletic experience
    It’s March Madness! As we fill in our brackets and enjoy buzzer beaters and Cinderella stories, it’s easy to forget that our favorite college basketball players are students first and foremost. Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of students looking for schools with a rigorous curriculum and successful sports teams. Colleges are often known for one or the other—rarely ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Senior Year Blog

    Senioritis Oct. 14, 2005 Last week I was stressed out to no end. I had to finish a six page religion essay, an English essay, and a lab report in science. I guess it's my fault that I was so stressed, since I waited until the last second to get everything done. I was in a very bad mood at the ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Returning Students: Finish Your Undergraduate Degree

    Returning Students: Finish Your Undergraduate Degree
    Life on a college campus is a relatively carefree time for students entering from high school. But there's a more stressful side to campus life for transfer or returning students -- many in the midst of career changes and some with families -- who enter with partial degrees from other schools or completed preliminary work at a community college. Shelly Brown, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +16
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    The Chess Match of Recruiting

    The Chess Match of Recruiting
    Chess has always impressed me as a game that challenges two players to use all of their cognitive capabilities to outwit, outsmart, and outstrategize their opponent. Chess is a thinking person’s game where skill, planning, strategy, and some degree of gamesmanship are paramount. When I advise student-athletes and their parents, I remind them regularly how their preparedness must be strong and their ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Applying to College is More Complicated than It Seems

    It's December. All remnants of turkey and stuffing have been expunged from the fridge. The days are getting shorter and temperatures are dipping lower. Wal-Mart is drenched in red, white and pine needle green. Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" is being piped endlessly through every department store PA system on this side of the Rio Grande. But those familiar Christmas jingles mean ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Why Does My Child Need the iPad?

    Why Does My Child Need the iPad?
    As Apple continues to revolutionize the way we work and play, their products become not only more appealing but practical as well. Whether your child is in high school or enrolling in college, the Apple iPad works to educate, organize, and entertain during those much-needed study breaks. Prices for the iPad begin at $499 with free shipping for students. Need an ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +45
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    A Dream Deferred? Aspirations and the Realities of Financing College

    A Dream Deferred?  Aspirations and the Realities of Financing College
    Sometimes I get a bee in my bonnet — the kind that just keeps flying around and refuses to land. When it comes to my intellectual interests, I can be compulsive and downright obsessive at times. Such was the case several weeks ago when I attended a four-year transfer fair at my community college. After talking with several representatives from the ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +11
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    January College Checklist for High School Seniors

    January College Checklist for High School Seniors
    January is the start of a New Year and a new semester. Which means, you have the unique advantage of a fresh start in more than one way! How cool is that? Make sure you utilize this clean slate because it's not often that we're given such chances in life. Here's a checklist to follow with suggestions of ways you can ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +32
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    Obstacles to Hispanic Higher Education

    Obstacles to Hispanic Higher Education
    While some 98 percent of Hispanic high school students say they'd like to attend college, according to a new study, only 25 percent of Hispanics are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. There are many reasons for the low numbers. But one of the main factors is the responsibilities many Hispanic students say ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Juniors: Prepare for Admissions

    Juniors: Prepare for Admissions
    Get ahead of the game, juniors! The more you prepare for college admissions now, the easier the process will become. There are a variety of things you can do right now, perhaps even over the holidays, to prepare for the college admissions process. Start thinking about and implementing the following tasks sooner than later: Make a Game Plan Setting up a ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +35
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    An Equation for Finding the Perfect School

    An Equation for Finding the Perfect School
    I am applying to journalism schools. One part of this pernicious process is taking the Graduate Record Exam. In an attempt to get GREady (Big laughs!), I’ve been diligently reviewing flashcards and steadily working math problem sets. The prep books say studiers should include learned material in daily life, so I’ve incorporated some rather outlandish words here which are, according to ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +20
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    What's It Like Being a Senior?

    Questions are like itches. You know you aren’t supposed to scratch, but sometimes you just ... gotta. One question that should remain tickly and untouched is the one everyone’s always asking: “So, what’s it like being a fourth year?” I’ll tell you. It’s dreadful. To be a senior in high school is to gaze at your future with bright eyes, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    The Myth of Multiple-Choice Methodology

    The Myth of Multiple-Choice Methodology
    Research Study: Benefits of Keeping to Instincts While Test Taking are Mythical There’s a new study in town that says, when it comes to multiple-choice questions, don’t go with your gut. It’s been pounded into our brains that our first instinct on test answers is the way to go but, according to new research data, test takers actually increased their scores ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Surfing the College Website

    Surfing the College Website
    One of the best resources for students thinking about college is the college website (or portal). Here you’ll find the most distinctive and best features of each college – or at least what the college would like you to think are its best features. But no matter. With some skillful surfing, you’ll be able to examine the underbelly of that ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    ACT Reports Only 1 in 4 High School Students Ready for College

    ACT Reports Only 1 in 4 High School Students Ready for College
    The ACT does more than just provide students with a standardized test score to use in the admissions process. Each year, it’s looking for key indications of college readiness on the whole. Last week, the ACT unveiled the results from last year’s testing. Once again, the results showed that only one in four students are meeting all college readiness benchmarks in ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    College Wait Listing Increases: Will You Get Stuck on the List?

    College Wait Listing Increases: Will You Get Stuck on the List?
    Once you’ve spent time on a wait list, you might find yourself wishing instead for a flat out rejection from your top choice school. While there is hope that you’ll move off of the list and into the admitted pile, it’s a long, tedious process with no guarantees. A new report released by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Choosing Classes? Learn From My Mistakes

    In early June of this year, as my sophomore year of high school was drawing to a close, I realized several things. First, I was halfway through with high school, and had less than two years to make myself presentable to colleges. Second, I was coming up on my junior year, the hardest and most important year of my high school ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Finding the Right College is a Four Quarter Game

    Finding the Right College is a Four Quarter Game
    The process of finding the right college can be as exhilarating as it is exhausting, just as any high school competition can be. Find the right fit academically, athletically, socially, and financially. It may sound simple, but I assure you it is not. I recommend that my clients look at the entire process as though it were a 4-quarter game—9th and ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Maximizing Your College Admissions Application

    College admissions offices are busy places. Think about an admissions office receiving 5,000 to 10,000 or more applications. That is a lot of reading. What will make your application stand out? How colleges decide Before we address that question, let’s look at the process in general. I don’t believe any two admissions offices do everything alike, but there are similarities. Most ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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